Robyn Sassen – Cue

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Small story has huge heart This six-tissue production teases apart contemporary South African stereotype with astuteness and focus. In Jewish culture, there is an idiomatic expression called “bittere gelechte”. It translates literally into “sad joke”, and has been the impetus for generations of Yiddish humour. While not a conventional type of joke, it is a ...

The Herald – “Bye’s look at life a top attraction at Fest”

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IT has been said of director Lara Bye that everything she touches, turns to gold. And her latest acclaimed production at the National Arts Festival is no exception. Everybody is flocking to London Road which has found its way into the Top 20 grossing productions at the Festival so far, something that in previous years ...

Caroline Smart – Artsmart

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LONDON ROAD (Pic by Christine Gouws: Nthombi Makhutshi as Stella and Robyn Scott as Rosa) Excellent script, great direction and stunning performances. (Review by Caroline Smart) London Road is currently one of the hot contenders for a Standard Bank Ovation Award and rightly so. It’s certainly creating a buzz here at Festival. Sometimes pre-hype – ...

Astrid Stark – Sunday Independent

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Marianne Thamm – Sunday Times

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Unlikely duo find support in shared predicament, writes Marianne Thamm TAKING CENTRE STAGE: Ntombi Makhutshi as Stella and Robyn Scott as Rosa in Nicholas Spagnoletti?s London Road Picture: CHRISTINE GOUWS Iconic American writer, filmmaker and actor, Orson Welles, once observed that “we’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and ...

Peter Tromp – The Next 48 Hours

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It doesn’t happen very often at all, but every once in a while you get to see a production that is so tender and that hits the right notes so perfectly that what is happening in front of you feels like a little miracle. ‘London Road’ is such a production. It absolutely illuminated the audience ...

Michelle Saffer – False Bay Echo

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Brent Meersman – Mail and Guardian

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Young playwright Nicholas Spagnoletti has made a notable debut with London Road, his first fully produced play (and a nice coup too to have Lara Bye direct). As someone who lived for a while in the actual London Road in Sea Point, and watched it almost disintegrate in the 1990s and then regenerate, I can ...

Fiona Gordon – “Friends become family in London Road”

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Fiona Gordon: She is the original doddery old lady, ‘ya know…?’ With her granny support-shoes, slow drawl, and wide-poppy-out-eyes, ‘ya know…?’ We all know her, or some version of her – sticking her nose into everyone’s business, because old people have licence to do that somehow… And because we know her, the pain of her ...

Carla Lever – “You’d be Mishegas to Miss this One”

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I have to admit that I was worried. In his first produced play, Nicholas Spagnoletti has undertaken to write an all-female two-hander, writing the voices of a Nigerian illegal immigrant and a Jewish old age pensioner. But it works. It works beautifully. In ‘London Road’, Seapoint, one block of flats is occupied by two very ...